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China: bachelor villages, kidnapped brides

September 15, 2011

Two recent articles in the British press draw attention to one of the consequences of China’s one-child policy and preference for boys: “bachelor villages.”

Over the next two decades, up to 50 million men are expected to be unable to find wives. “I don't have any requirements at all,” said a 35-year-old farmer in a village with no women eligible for marriage. “I would be satisfied with just a wife.”

To help meet the growing demand for wives, thousands of Burmese women have been lured into China, kidnapped, and sold to rural men.


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  • Posted by: - Sep. 15, 2011 11:05 AM ET USA

    No worries, a significant portion of those 50 million bachelors will end up in the Chinese military, which will no doubt find plenty of interesting things for them to do.

  • Posted by: williiam ronner - Sep. 15, 2011 11:05 AM ET USA

    And Vice-President Biden's position on China's one child policy is.......